The Vedic (Rgvedic primarily) texts are quite different from the Puranic stories we know (and love) today. Does this mean the Puranic deities* we worship and stories we read are false from a Vedic perspective?

*brahmA, sarasvatI, mahAviSNu, lakSmI, shiva, pArvatI, etc. described and decorated in Puranas such as viSNupurANa, shivapurANa, etc.

EDIT: I posted this Question on Quora and got some great answers as well - check out those answers for some more angles to look at this topic from.

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    Traditional Hindus consider all scriptures as holy and authoritative. It's only some outsiders who try to create a rift Vedas vs other scriptures.
    – Rickross
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 8:20
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    If all scriptures were authoritative, there would be many inconsistencies. The Vedas refer to Indra the supreme king of gods, one of the 12 Adityas (sun-gods). In the Puranas, viSNu or shiva are usually described as supreme. In the Vedas, soma is a drink. In the Puranas, soma refers to the moon. In the Vedas, Vishnu is the younger brother of Indra. In the Puranas, only the Vamana avatara is the younger brother of Indra, and Vishnu is the lord of the lords. In the Vedas, Indra (being supreme) often commands Vishnu, but in the Puranas, Indra runs to Vishnu for help.
    – Apps 247
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 8:32
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    In the Vedas, Indra, the supreme commander, orders Vishnu to kill Vritra. In the Puranas, Indra seeks Vishnu's divine help to kill Vritra. In the Vedas, Rudra is a storm deity, with parents. In the Puranas, Shiva is described as Swayambhu (self born). These are the kind of inconsistencies I was referring to. We can't just "accept" both versions as true, right? So I was asking whether these Puranic accounts are false from the Vedic perspective.
    – Apps 247
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 9:16
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    @Apps247 read this quora.com/… Commented May 6, 2021 at 3:12
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    @SanatanDarshan that article highlights the differences clearly. Now relating it to my question - does that mean from a Vedic perspective, common Hindu beliefs today don't hold weight?
    – Apps 247
    Commented May 6, 2021 at 5:55


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